Meet the Director, Katie Marino Crist
With 20 years in the performing arts and 10 years in Los Angeles’ music industry, California native Katie Marino Crist, has brought her experience of arts education to Acadiana. In 2011, Katie opened The Music Box, to provide contemporary music education while building confidence and creativity in young musicians.
With classical ballet as the foundation of her creativity, Katie has studied with Paris Opera Ballet director Patrick Frantz, The Houston Ballet, The Royal Academy of Dance, and American Ballet Theater. She has also studied and instructed various methods of dance including ballet, jazz, flamenco, modern dance, musical theatre, and hip hop.
With her dance training, Katie has also studied classical piano (Suzuki Method) and contemporary voice. She has performed all over the United States, touring with Jessica Simpson and Rascal Flatts, appearing on numerous television shows including The Late Show with David Letterman, Dancing with the Stars, The View, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Grand Ole Opry, and Ellen DeGeneres. Katie has also performed the National Anthem for the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers, the Houston Astros, and the New Orleans Pelicans.
Katie has written and recorded 100+ original songs with the support of hit producers Alonzo Jackson (Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Bella Thorne & Pink), New Orleans’ own Multi-Platinum Producer Donald “XL” Robertson (Brandy, Ray J, & Mary J. Blige), Justin Graham (Leona Lewis & Victoria Justice), Stefan Litrownik (One Direction, Billy Ray Cyrus, & Boys II Men) and Drew Money (Nicki Minaj & Jay-Z).
Her songs have been featured on Nintendo Wii’s Hyperkin Dance Battle, and XBOX’s Gotham Racing 2, and have also been heard on various television shows including Access Hollywood, Making the Band 4, The Real World/Road Rules Challenge, The Hard Times of RJ Berger (MTV), America’s Next Top Model (CW), The Real L Word (Showtime), Love Games (Oxygen), Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane (E!), American Idol (FOX), and Dancing with the Stars (ABC). Separate from her original placements Katie has performed commercial jingles for Mattel for the last ten years, singing commercials for Barbie, MyScene, and Lil’ Bratz Dolls.
Katie is thrilled to be able to share her experience and love of the arts with the community of Lafayette, LA.